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Implementation of the TIR Convention, 1975: challenges and opportunities

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This workshop has a series of objectives, inspired by the history of the TIR system but also from the opportunities that exist for the future. These objectives could be summarized as follows:

  • Assist newcomers to the system (new contracting parties) to better understand the services and potentials of the TIR system, in order to be able to use the full potential that the system brings, leading to really facilitated border crossing procedures in their regions.
  • Make the countries that have not yet acceded to the TIR Convention aware of the benefits and multiple advantages that the TIR system brings for both customs authorities and the private sector, further promoting and working on their accession to the TIR Convention in the near future.
  • Share experience and knowledge with the contracting parties that are using the TIR system in full and that are taking advantage of all its benefits for border crossing facilitation.
  • Share experience and knowledge with those contracting parties that are mainly using another system for their border crossing operations, such as the countries of the European Union, on how to further improve cooperation among the systems and what the TIR system can learn from their regional integration efforts.
  • Exchange views about the future of the TIR system, ensuring that it is continuously adapted to new transport and border crossing requirements, challenges and business requests, making it ready to serve customs authorities and the private sector for the years to come.

 

Program of the Workshop

10:00-10:30

Opening remarks (Chairs of the TIR Administrative Committee and the Working Party on Customs Questions affecting Transport, Economic Commission for Europe, European Union, International Road Transport Union etc.)

10:30-12:00

Session I: New contracting parties to the TIR system

The main objective of this session is to listen to the challenges that new contracting parties to the TIR Convention are facing when implementing the convention in their countries. Both customs authorities and national road transport associations from the countries that have acceded to the TIR Convention in recent years, such as Argentina, China, Egypt, India, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, State of Palestine, United Arab Emirates and Qatar will be invited to share their views, challenges they are facing or even new approaches / good practices in implementing the TIR system. A Q&A part is included in the session. The session is foreseen to be interactive. Therefore, participants are expected not only to present, but mainly to discuss and exchange views and experiences.

12:00-13:00

Session II: Countries that have not acceded to the TIR Convention

The TIR secretariat and IRU are taking considerable actions in order to promote accession to the TIR Convention by countries that have not done so yet, especially in new geographical regions such as the Sub-Saharan region and Latin America. Countries from those regions will be invited to present the operational challenges that they are facing in the field of border crossing operations and learn from the users how the TIR system will assist them to improve or even eliminate those obstacles and operational issues.

13:00-15:00

Lunch Break

15:00- 16:15

Session III: Users of the TIR system

This session will invite all the current users of the TIR system to present their experiences and good practices when implementing the TIR system, sharing their knowledge and case studies, cases where obstacles have been identified, and solutions provided. This session will be dedicated to operational issues that are faced by the users in their daily use of the system. Both customs authorities and the private sector will be invited to contribute to the session

16:15-16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:30

Session IV: Digitalization, the great enabler

This session will be dedicated to digitalization. Reference will be made to eTIR and the new services provided by the International TIR Data Bank (ITDB). Main focus will be on the users’ needs and requirements and what users would like to see in the future as new tools serving the system. It is expected that both customs authorities and national associations will present their needs, which could possibly be served by electronic tools and, therefore, included in future versions of the eTIR international system. Furthermore, the audience will have the opportunity to discuss other electronic tools used for border crossings facilitation outside the TIR system, such as the New Computerized Transit System (NCTS) in order to be inspired and discuss new features of eTIR in the future.

17:30-18:00

Conclusions and recommendations / Next steps